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By Bittersweet on Scandals of Classic Hollywood: Robert Redford, Golden Boy

Anyone else want to hear the long story of how Tom Skerrit came to be knocking on AHP's office door?

Posted on May 22, 2013 at 1:07 pm 12

By queenofbithynia on The BRCA Gene, Our Mother, And Our Insurance Plans: A Chat Between Sisters

"like, if you choose to smoke your whole life and you get lung cancer? Or you have a heart attack at age 40 because you eat three Big Macs a day? That's understandably something people don't want to pay for"

no it fucking isn't. If you must make this noxious moral argument, then make it, don't toss this off like a casual disclaimer we can all agree on. We don't.

"No easy answers" is sometimes true and sometimes a fun thing people like to say to sound like they think a lot, about stuff. In fact, there is an easy answer: you qualify for health care by being ill or wounded, not by being good. The hard questions about the health care system are about supply, demand and costs; they are not about the deserving and the undeserving.

Posted on May 15, 2013 at 4:17 pm 31

By par_parenthese on Other People's Kids, Homes

@OhMarie Yeah, I really like this answer. Some of those things individually were similar to stuff I did as a child, just out of ignorance. But my parents did not sit there and watch me do them, which is what it sounds like was going on here.

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 4:03 pm 8

By on Other People's Kids, Homes

@supernintendochalmers I don't think this is about "normal kid behavior." It's about shitty parent behavior. Your kid is being an asshole? Okay, kids can be assholes. But you tell your kid "no" and set up some consequences, and tell him to get the remotes NOW or there will be no allowance, no movies, no friends over, no sleepovers, no XBox, no ice cream, and no special trip to kid-friendly-place until he gets his act together and stops behaving like a turd. And then you follow through.

Posted on May 7, 2013 at 3:41 pm 24

By frenz.lo on Your Friday Book-y Post

I broke my own rule where I have to haughtily boycott all books titled in the unoriginal "The (Noun's) Dependent" format and read "The Orphan Master's Son" because John Green was such a big cheerleader for it, and I like that guy's can-do spirit. I really "enjoyed" it in the way I always "enjoy" gut-wrenching bummers. I don't know enough about North Korea to know how much is accurate, but even reading it as a dystopian fantasy novel, Oh my God. So good.

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 4:39 pm 3

By frigwiggin on This Is a Goodbye Post

@frigwiggin That's not very supportive of me, I'm sorry.

Forward, not backward! Upward, not forward! And always twirling, twirling, twirling towards freedom!

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 2:06 pm 22

By fondue with cheddar on This Is a Goodbye Post

Posted on May 3, 2013 at 11:39 am 20

By frigwiggin on "The tragedy of Obama's presidency is that he's too much of a Ravenclaw and not enough of a Gryffindor."

I think I've told this story before, but a friend told me a story once about a friend of hers who got a pair of white booty shorts airbrushed with the words "DUMBLY-DEE" across the ass at a street fair, and then she'd go around wearing them under see-through pants so it showed through. I think Dumbledore would be honored.

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 4:00 pm 4

By RK Fire on "The tragedy of Obama's presidency is that he's too much of a Ravenclaw and not enough of a Gryffindor."

Laura Bush = book-loving Hufflepuff

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 3:09 pm 14

By packedsuitcase on Close-Reading a Controversial List

Is it just me or does having the guy that plays Jaime Lannister on the cover of a magazine that boasts it can teach people how to "Lose 10 lbs fast!" seem like it would promote rather...extreme methods for weight loss? (How much does a hand weigh, anyways?)

Posted on May 1, 2013 at 11:33 am 21